Since that time, numerous articles have surfaced in a VERY short time showing how 'wonderful' hospital birth is, and more than that, highly managed hospital births. Read on, then come on back here.
Some things that tick me off about this:
- Cesareans vs vaginal and breast vs. bottle are not NEARLY in the same realm. Yes, both have health benefits one way or the other, but one is MAJOR SURGERY.
- Misinformation - women are given SOME of the risks of Cs, but not all. They are not given the incidences of these risks either. I hear so often of women being scared into making Cesarean's elective procedures instead of emergent ones.
- Did you notice that the mom in this article said she felt "defensive" about choosing a cesarean? Did she ever stop to think about the REAL reason why she felt that way? Take responsibility for your own emotions and actions woman. She shouldn't be feeling defensive or ashamed about her birth unless there was a reason - and not a victim-reason either.
- "Something that people might not immediately think of is how this is going to cost the rest of us.....c-sections are very expensive, the more than women demand elective c-sections the more likely insurance companies will start to raise their rates for maternity coverage......this is simply unfair for the rest of us who believe in natural child birth to have to contribute financially to insurance premiums because some women are "too posh to push"... - Doula friend in Cali
- Articles like this give vaginal birth a bad rap. They fail to tell the REASONS for most vaginal birth risks. Most of the damage done in vaginal birth is due to pushing position, directed pushing, forceps, vacuum, episiotomy, etc....the way the birth is MANAGED... NOT vaginal birth in and of itself.
"There is an admiration of women who are able to do a vaginal birth without pain medications, then breast-feed, and do everything else perfectly," she says. "So I didn't go around advertising that I had chosen to have a C-section."If she sees vaginal birth as part of the "perfect" way to birth, no wonder she didn't try for it... because trying and failing meant failing. No weight is given to the process, the attempt even... Fear. It permeates and mitigates reactions that and choices that are not wise. Because any choice made out of fear (fear of failure, fear of pain, fear of anything) is made for the WRONG reasons.
On the heels of that one, let's take a look at another Time's article. This time, I will let you be the one to comment on it before I add my $2.01